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Kosciuszko Foundation Offers $1,000 Prize for World War II Essay

A $1,000 prize will be awarded for the best essay written by an American student between the ages of 18 and 22 on the worldwide significance of the 1939 invasion of Poland.

Students are encouraged to study and comment about the events of 1939 that changed the lives of their parents or grandparents. Many of these Polish-American students were born in America because their forefathers were refugees from a horrible war waged on humanity by the Nazi dictator of Germany, Adolf Hitler, and the dictator of the Soviet Union, Josef Stalin.

World War II was the deadliest war in history.  Approximately 6 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust by the German SS Einsatzgruppen commandos and in German Nazi concentration camps. Some estimates tell us that 70 million soldiers and civilians were killed during the reign of terror begun by Hitler and Stalin. After the war the map of Europe was redrawn and millions of refugees were forced from their homes.

Please analyze the Nazi-Soviet attack on Poland in September 1939 by addressing the following issues:
• The Nazi propaganda war against Poland
• Gleiwitz Provocation
• German attack on Poland on September 1, 1939
• Soviet propaganda against Poland and attack on Poland on September 17, 1939
• Political objectives of both attacks
• The impact  of the coordinated Nazi-Soviet attack on Poland on the international community

The essay shall: 
• Reflect the writer’s own research and original thinking
• Not  exceed 10 typed pages (excluding bibliography)
• Be typed in 12 point font, double-spaced with 1” margins
• Have numbered pages

Deadline is July 1, 2009 – results will be announced by September 1, 2009.  A copy of a valid document showing date of birth is acceptable as proof of age.

Attach kosciuszko-application-2009 and proof of age to the essay and mail to:

 2009 Historical Essay Contest
 The Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
 15 East 65th Street
 New York 10065

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